Take the Kids to the River – Act I

September 7

Begin your family’s transition to fall by celebrating art and nature during the opening Saturday of Take Me to the River. With activities for both parents and children, your family’s day on the river is sure to provide fun for the entire family.

Begin your Saturday at Art on the Kinni in Downtown River Falls, Wisconsin. Enjoy the scenic views on the banks of the Kinnickinnic River and view the work on the White Pathway of as many as 70 juried artists working in a variety of mediums. Inspire your child’s artist within by checking out the Budding Artist Bridge and by stopping at the Children’s Art Tent. With live music performances on two stages and available food vendors, spend time relaxing with your family in this “City by The Kinni.”

Heading over to Stillwater’s historic Main Street for lunch is always a hit with the kids. Whether you decide on Tin Bin’s bakery items, Leo’s grilled cheese or a picnic lunch from the River Market Co-op, the options are there for even the pickiest eater. While in Stillwater be sure to stop by the Valley Bookseller. With a well selected children and middle grade reader book sections, this is a popular stop among families visiting (or living in) Stillwater.

It may be a bit of a drive with kids, but heading up Taylors Falls for a paddle boat ride along the St. Croix River is an  the opportunity you don’t want to miss. The kids may just learn some local lore and geology while on the Taylors Falls Scenic Boat Tours, but they probably won’t notice as they experience  this unique patch of the Upper Midwest and see the world famous Dalles of the St. Croix.


  • Art on the Kinni, River Falls (Sept. 7, 9am to 5pm; free admission)
  • Taylors Falls Scenic Boat Tours, 155 South Street, Taylors Falls (Weekend and weekday cruises, excursions vary by day, 80 minute cruises: $18.99 for adults, $12.99 for children; 45 minute cruises: $17.49 for adults, $11.49 for children)
  • Valley Bookseller, 217 N. Main Street, Stillwater (Monday-Saturday, 10am-8pm and Sunday, 10am-5pm)